I have always found that Livingstone Hospital is highly regarded by people in Dartford. It is an Intermediate Care Hospital on East Hill and is thought of with affection by most people I speak to. I often come across people who proudly proclaim that, like Mick Jagger, they were born there. That’s why it was great to go to their Open Day last week and see first-hand the work they carry out. This unit has 30 beds and helps to take the stress away from our acute units, including Darent Valley Hospital, by taking patients who no longer need intensive medical treatment but do need rehabilitation. Patients can stay a number of weeks and are looked after by a team of nurses, rehabilitation assistants, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Having the right number of staff is crucial for the successful operation of any hospital and recently the Department of Health released figures that showed a substantial rise in frontline staff at Darent Valley Hospital. Since 2010 the number of nurses, midwives and health visitors has risen by 21% and the number of doctors has also increased. Right across the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust the number of qualified front line medical staff has increased by over 200 whilst the number of managers has shown a slight fall. Both Darent Valley and Livingstone Hospitals provide an incredibly valuable service for local residents. There will always be more that can be done but local health provision is improving.